Most people believe a myth that has been consistent for years: if you are in a car accident, the chance of serious injury is significantly lower in the backseat than in the front seat. Is this true? It used to be, but there are a few factors that are bringing the truth of the statement into question. Keep reading to learn more, and remember that you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
There is One Definite Advantage to a Person in the Backseat
There is at least one advantage that cannot be argued with: the person in the backseat is further away from the force of most crashes than those at the front. However, this does not apply to some types of accidents, such as T-bones or rear-end accidents. That said, the most dangerous of all accidents are head-on collisions and those in the backseat are certainly further from impact in those accidents.
Recent Seatbelt Advances Have Not All Gotten as Far as the Backseat
One of the issues is that though there have been significant improvements in seatbelts and airbags in recent years, they have focused almost entirely on the front seats. As a result, those in the back have not always gotten the upgrades. In fact, this has happened to such an extent that some researchers believe that the front seat is now safer to ride in than the back seat.
Most Back Seat Seatbelts Do Not Have Load Limiters
One of the issues is that the seat belts in the backseat don’t have load limiters. Load limiters work by tightening up the car senses that there is a car accident, but to loosen up if they are so tight that they might cause an injury. One study found that in head-on crashes, rear seat belts without load limiters caused serious injuries such as spinal injuries, chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.
Another study found that after analyzing data from crashes that resulted in either catastrophic injury or death to people in the back seat, a significant number of them involved a severe amount of chest force, regardless of the age of the occupant.
We Need Advancements to Rear Seat Belts Too
It is understandable that advancements were made to front seat belts, as they were notoriously the least dangerous place to be. However, today with the increase in rideshares, more people are riding in the backseat on a regular basis than ever before. For this and other reasons, it is time for researchers to step up.
If you have been injured in a car accident, whether in the back seat or the front seat, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal consultation.